Very much enjoyed the audio book. I was very happy with the narrator selection; I very much enjoyed his presentation of the characters as well as the narration.
Star Wars is one of my first loves and getting to understand the back story/Backroom dealings that lead to up to the movies I love is a great experience. I was very happy with the story and felt it was well told.
I highly recommend this book!
I'll admit this is my first audio book, and star wars book. I was blown away by the detail and quality. Even knowing the eventual outcome of the events taking place in the book it was a more than a enjoyable experience to see how the events before the movies took place. I now have a greater appreciation of the first 3 episodes.
This is not a book you read to see how the story ends. Anyone who has seen the Star Wars films know where the path leads. This is a book to read to find out how we got to the stories told in the Star Wars films. And this book does it masterfully.
I've read many Star Wars books over the years. Some have been great, some just OK, and many quite mediocre. This book sits at a high place on the list.
This book starts some 40 years before the events of "The Phantom Menace" and tells the tale of Darth Plagueis, the Sith Lord who recruited and trained Palpatine; the one who would eventually become ruler of the Galactic Empire. It picks up with Plagueis orchestrating the murder of his own master and his dropping the shackles of the apprentice role in the Sith Lord pairing. Over the course, we get to see how he finds Palpatine, and how all the pieces are put in motion that have their final payoffs in the prequel trilogy. Count Dooku, Darth Maul, the creation of the clone army, and the engineering of the Naboo crisis with the blockade by the Trade Federation. All with come to be understood and the roles that Plagueis and Palpatine (Darth Siddious) play in bringing them about.
It's more political thriller than space opera. It also represents a rather higher level of prose than I'm using to seeing in a Star Wars novel, and it was most welcome.
Finally, as usual, I took this in as an audio book. While Mark Thompson does well narrating the typical Star Wars novel as a jaunty, swashbuckling adventure, I don't think his style would have worked as well with this story and these characters. Daniel Davis does an excellent job bringing this much darker Star Wars tale to life.
This was my first Star Wars book and I hope it didn't ruin the ones that follow. Couldn't stop listening, explains the politics that occurred before the clone wars, explains the Sith, so entertaining, just amazing.
"Two there should be, no more no less. One to embody the power, the other to crave it."--Darth Bane
Darth Plegueis vs Venamis, his retaliation vs the ex king of naboo. And if you have heard or read Maul: Lockdown you know how the bando gora get their weapon used to attack the Dark Lord.
Darth Bane Trilogy, and Maul: Lockdown. They all make you want to see the Dark Lord prevail.
Darth Tenebrous. But his Palpatine was great considering we all already know one voice for him, he was excellent. Nute Gunray, the Neimodian was hilarious.
While this was more detailed and not as fast paced as most of the SW books I have "read", it goes in line with the scheming nature of both Plagueis and Sidious.
The escape from his planet in the Infiltrator.
Good performance, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
When each apprentice evaluated it was time his master was ended.
Interesting to see the force created origins of Anakin.
This wasn't a bad book, nor was it a great book.
It seemed to me that the author had an assignment to construct a story to fill the gap in time and explain how things got to a particular state. If that were the case then Luceno did his job admirably.
Alas, my expectations were for a bit more entertainment and less "putty".
The performance was reasonably good. Nice separation of the characters in terms of audible differentiation. Character development was mixed. The hard part is that this filler history had a lot of voices.
I'd only recommend this to the true Star Wars historian type who really wants to understand how the Phantom Menace situation came to be. This was possibly my least favorite SW book.
This book will serve to build a structure surrounding episode 1 that will give the listener new nuance and perspective. So many things that are not properly explained will suddenly make sense.